Food Banks Still Seeing Large Demand For Food Products


(Le Mars) — Since the start of the COVID-19 virus, there has been a great demand for food products at local food banks and food pantries. Linda Scheid serves as the Executive Director of the Food Bank of Siouxland and she says the demand for food products set an all-time record in March.

Scheid says although the demand for food remains high, it has come down but only slightly.

The food bank official says people may have the wrong idea that food donations are not needed as much now, but Scheid says nothing could be further from the truth.

Scheid says the food banks still require some donations, and at times those donations have been difficult to obtain.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture along with several commodity organizations have stepped up to offer food donations for food banks. The Feeding Iowa task force is being lead by Iowa’s Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. Naig was in Marcus earlier this
week and spoke with KLEM news about the food donations. Naig says it has been some challenging times especially for livestock producers, and he says he is proud of how those involved with Iowa agriculture have contributed and have made a positive difference.